Talented footballer used bat to smash window
A PROMISING footballer who will represent Wales in an international football tournament has admitted criminal damage.
Alain Lawrence Ali admitted using a baseball bat to smash a window belonging to his mother's partner on Cwm Road, Swansea.
Ali, 23, will represent his country in Mexico this autumn in the Homeless World Cup, Swansea Magistrates' Court was told.
The court heard that at 11.30pm on January 30, Ali, of Parc Avenue, Morriston, was taken home by police after being found drunk.
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He went into the kitchen and sat with his mother Christine Parkington and her partner Roger Spencer.
An hour later, Ali's friend Jay Verallo arrived and tried to persuade him to leave the house. But Mr Spencer objected, prosecutor Nicola Powell told Swansea Magistrates' Court.
"They went outside and it appears Jay Verallo attempted to open the window to the ground floor. It wouldn't open," said Mrs Powell.
She said Spencer, who suffers from ill health, went into a cupboard and found a baseball bat.
"Alain Ali grabbed it off him and smashed the right hand pane," she said.
"At some point the left hand side had also been smashed."
Phil Huxtable, representing Ali, said: "The facts speak for themselves. He's unable to offer an explanation for his actions that day."
Mr Huxtable told district judge Vivian Manning-Davies that his client had beaten 250 other players to win his place in the team in Mexico City in October.
Mr Manning-Davies said: "I commend this organisation, I must say.
"They say he (Ali) is a credit to Street Football Wales. It's an impressive accolade and shows a different side to him," he said.
A pre-sentence report was ordered by the judge.
Ali was given conditional bail to reappear at Swansea Magistrates' Court on July 10.